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Comment Re:The Clickbait Tipping Point (Score 1) 342

Calm down everyone, did you have a bad day? I guess you react the same when reading "man killed by a falling tree" in the newspaper, like "stupid title, implying that trees are willingly killing people and trying to take over the world!", right?

I think the relevance is that a man died in a accident with a complex and autonomous machine (properly called "robots" since they exist in factories, like it or not), and that's not so easy in this case to predict everything that can go wrong, like, say "don't put your hand inside the press". Also, it's not so easy to say if the safety considerations are in charge of the user, or the machine's designer, and in what percentage.

Comment Re:Slashdot guilty of pandering (Score 2) 342

It's a simple, if tragic, industrial accident

Nobody said the opposite.

FUD about completely fictional (and in this case entirely absent) AIs

Nobody ever talked about AIs behind that.

pandering to the fears of people who are afraid they will 'take over'.

Only valid for stupid people.

Submission + - Worker killed by a robot at Volkswagen factory

m.alessandrini writes: A worker at a Volkswagen factory in Germany has died, after a robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate.

This it perhaps the first severe accident of this kind in a western factory, and is sparkling debate about who is responsible for the accident, the man who was servicing the robot beyond its protection cage, or the robot's hardware/software developers who didn't put enough safety checks. Will this distinction be more and more important in the future, when robots will be more widespread?

We can predict everything, except the future.